The day is finally here, Fall Out Boy fans! That sneaky morse code video built up our anticipation, and now you can listen to Fall Out Boy’s new single “Centuries” – they even released a video:
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz introduced the song at BBC’s Radio 1 with Zane Lowe. It’s an anthemic, larger-than-life song that borrows from Suzanne Vega’s 1980s hit, “Tom’s Diner.” Labelmate LOLO sang the memorable “do-do do-do-do-do” hook that appears in the track. It’s a kind of an ironic juxtaposition – whereas “Tom’s Diner” focuses on one simple day of someone stopping for coffee at a restaurant, Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” tackles hundreds of years’ worth of remembrance and legends. It takes the minimalism and makes it grandiose.
Pete Wentz talked about the song in a new interview:
Our band came from the suburbs of Chicago. The blandest place. Nothing comes out of there, no one would have ever said that a rock band would come out of there and go on to play arenas. “Centuries” goes back to that David versus Goliath idea. Even U2 had to start somewhere! For the most part, a lot of legendary tales start from humble beginnings. People tend to forget that. When you’re talking to kids who play guitar or DJ, people can be so dismissive. The expectation is that the kid should conform, because people are obsessed with the status quo. Change terrifies a lot of us. “Centuries” really bangs on that. It’s like, just because you’re being told that what you’re doing sucks, that you’re weird or whatever, that doesn’t mean that you’re not a leader, creating something new. Leaders attract a lot of arrows, you know?
But that’s not all! “Centuries” isn’t just a one-off single. Fall Out Boy is getting ready to release their 6th studio album in just a few months. They are still writing and recording, but plan to have the album done and out by early next year. As Pete described:
The way things usually evolve with us… we’ll write a bunch of stuff, and when it gets cooking, we’ll bring it to a simmer! When things really start happening, we want to get some momentum building. We’re always writing. With “Centuries,” we were on the Monumentour with Paramore, Patrick [Stump, frontman] came forward with the song, and it just seemed very timely. It felt like the time to really get things going, and we’ve had the pedal to the metal as far as writing goes. So in a sense, the song created its own timeline. It’s not like we have an album done yet or anything. The way the song came out was very feral. We just had to build a plan around it. Now we’ve got to finish writing the album, and go on to record it.
We don’t have an exact timetable yet. I mean, I have a two-week old son and Patrick has a baby on the way in October, so there’s a lot going on. The thing that we’ve done is… we’re basically like Tuscan Raiders, Sand People from Star Wars. We’re very mobile, our families are very mobile, and our kids can go on tour with us every summer. I don’t think that’s necessarily an issue. The other thing is that we still care about albums. I don’t think that pop culture is at a place where as a whole, it cares about new contemporary albums, but our fanbase definitely does. They really care about bodies of work, and that’s something we still aspire to. My guess is 2015 – very early 2015 – for an album. And that’s absolutely the goal; we won’t just be putting out songs, there will be an album.
Patrick and Pete both stopped by KROQ to talk about “Centuries” and the next album further:
Finally, Pete shared a little about his goals for Fall Out Boy’s 6th album:
I want us to be the biggest rock band on the planet. At the moment, people seem to put rock bands into one of two groups. Either you’re dinosaurs waiting for the meteor cloud to wipe you away, or you’re not a ‘real’ rock band, you’re considered to be some sort of sham. I want to cut through the noise of those, to be a rock band that can be played on the radio, who can play these big shows, but also inspire kids to pick up guitars.
You can pre-order “Centuries” on iTunes now. It will be released at midnight tonight. A Roman-themed music video should be coming out soon. Fall Out Boy’s 6th album is still a few months away, but you can keep up on its recording process while we wait. Keep coming back for more Fall Out Boy music news.